I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fight Song by Joshua Mohr
Published by Soft Skull Press on February 12, 2013
Source: the publisher
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When his bicycle is intentionally run off the road by a neighbor's SUV, something snaps in Bob Coffen. Modern suburban life has been getting him down and this is the last straw. To avoid following in his own father’s missteps, Bob is suddenly desperate to reconnect with his wife and his distant, distracted children. And he's looking for any guidance he can get.
Bob Coffen soon learns that the wisest words come from the most unexpected places, from characters that are always more than what they appear to be: a magician/marriage counselor, a fast-food drive-thru attendant/phone-sex operator, and a janitor/guitarist of a French KISS cover band. Can these disparate voices inspire Bob to fight for his family? To fight for his place in the world?
A call-to-arms for those who have ever felt beaten down by life, Fight Song is a quest for happiness in a world in which we are increasingly losing control.
(from the publisher)
In Fight Song, the new novel from Joshua Mohr, readers get to witness a few days in the life of video game designer, Bob Coffen. Bob is stuck in a rut: he has a horrible job working for an even more horrible boss, his marriage is falling apart, and his life just generally sucks. While riding his bicycle home from work one evening, Bob’s meathead neighbor (and nemesis) challenges him to a little competition and Bob’s childish male ego won’t let him refuse. Bob’s neighbor intentionally runs him off the road with his big SUV, and Bob decides right then and there that things are going to change. No longer will he be spineless and compliant, “just getting along” through life. Bob is going to take the bull by the horns. But as we all know, life changes often don’t come easy…
When Lori (@TNBBC) and I were talking about Fight Song on Twitter one night, she said something that I think sums the book up perfectly:
“[The] characters are larger than life in one sense, and subject to a million small humiliations at the same time.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Bob’s story is raw, sometimes (darkly) humorous, sometimes serious, and often embarrassing. I enjoyed everything about Fight Song, and I highly recommend it.
In honor of the book’s publication, Lori set up the Fight Song Blog Tour, and Josh was kind enough to record himself reading an excerpt of the book for readers here on Between the Covers. So sit back and enjoy listening to a chapter of Fight Song, read by Joshua Mohr himself…
(Warning: NSFW or mixed company.)
While you’re at it, check out the book trailer for Fight Song–an infomercial for Scout’sHonor!, the only over-the-counter truth serum on the market.